Chaos in Living Systems The classical interpretation of the Second Law of Thermodynamics says that energy flows spontaneously only from an object of hotter temperature to a colder one.
Structure is what leads to overwhelm. From this point of view, chaos is actually desirable, and order, lethal. You then need to change direction but find you have structures set up to keep you heading in your current direction.
Of all of the characteristics of living systems that are vital to evolving through chaos, the ability to maintain balance far from equilibrium is perhaps the most crucial. By 6 months I will be bored and frustrated.
Indeed, it can ultimately destroy the system on which it depends. We are used to thinking that being in equilibrium is a desirable state because of its connotations of orderliness and control. You now have to be able to be in chaos. In an organization that accepts this principle, for instance, participants trust that the performance of a cutting-edge product that seems like a hit-or-miss proposition will be offset by that of a tried-and-true work horse.
During periods of low traffic, cars move seemingly randomly from lane to lane and at varying speeds. The world is moving so quickly that trying to create systems to control what is going on is never going to work.
The characteristics shown in the top half of the model — such as resilience, emphasis on process, diversity, dynamism, acceptance of paradox, and spontaneity — sustain growth amid chaos by allowing this new knowledge to circulate through-out the system, where different departments and employees can put it to productive use.
Embracing chaos does not mean we become corks bobbing in stormy waters, moving this way and that at the whim of the elements. The problem is, although at times I hide in safe places, I secretly love risk.